Getting rid of microplastics on artificial sport surfaces

The European Commission has taken a step forward in its commitment to fight microplastics intentionally added to products. This action emanates from the broader European Green Deal Agenda and its Zero Pollution Action Plan with the objective to reduce microplastic pollution by 30% by 2030. The sport sector is directly impacted by the new measure as the granular infill material used on artificial sport surfaces is the largest source of intentional microplastics released in the environment, according to the European Commission. The placing on the market of this artificial turf infill will be banned starting from October 2031 onwards after an 8-year transition period, while the use of microplastics on sport pitches is still authorized. The complete version of the amended regulation is available here. In addition, the European Commission had shared the most frequent questions and answers on the topic.